The Shady Lady from South Bend

The author explores the story of Isabelle Matilda Anderson, or Belle Born, of South Bend, Minnesota and her connection to bootlegging and the gangsters of the 1930s, including the Barker-Karpis gang and the kidnapping of William Hamm in 1933. Reproduces several Free Press article describing her trial for aiding the criminals. 

Fall Harvests

In by-gone years fall harvest began in July. Farmers depended on someone who owned a threshing machine powered by a huge tractor, such as a Case. While waiting on the availability of the threshing machine, the Farmer had to cut, dry and stack his grain.  Plow horses pulled the grain binder which would cut and bundle the grain with twine.  Hand labor did the shocking, piling bundles (six or eight) together for drying. Thence, the shocks were hauled home to be stacked. On harvest day, the threshing machine and tractor were carefully positioned and the process begun.

Mankato’s Role in the Carp Story

Spurred by meat rationing during World War II, the public turned to eating fresh-water carp, some of which came from Eagle Lake. Contractor Armin Kleinschmidt, native of Mankato, and German-born engineer, Ed Bouda, teamed to form Land of Lakes Canning Company for processing carp as part of Mankato’s effort to feed our troops and the hungry refugees of Europe. Continental Can Company, which had a plant in Mankato, planned much of the processing. Kleinschmidt worked with the Smaller War Plants Corporation, supported by the State Conservation Department, to patent his process. The U. S.

Sarah Christie Stevens. Superintendent of Schools.

Born in Ireland in 1844, Sarah emigrated with her family to America.  She was educated through college level in Wisconsin, supported by her father and brother.  During the Civil War she took time to organize the Soldiers Aid Society.  Sarah found her education to be threatened by straitened financial circumstances, but u87ltimately succeeded.  Moving to Blue earth County, she married a prosperous widower.  Sarah embarked on projects involving missions and women’s rights.  She ran for election as Blue Earth County School Superintendent, and won by a fair margin—the first woman to be elected

Prairie Skyscrapers

Description is provided on the structure of the wooden grain elevators which once dotted the prairie landscape at towns along the railroads of Blue Earth County. The process of unloading, shelling and storing corn and small grain at the elevator, as well as shipment by rail from the elevator is explained. History is related for each elevator in the County as well as the fate of the elevator, often destruction by fire.


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